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Monsanto: No. 46 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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Monsanto makes the list again with strong leadership support and talent-development initiatives, as well as a deep commitment to community philanthropy.

Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant meets regularly with resource groups, is a visible proponent of diversity and inclusion, and signs off on diversity metrics and progress.

The top levels of the organization are committed to community support and have leadership positions on nonprofits including the National Kidney Foundation, the March of Dimes, Youth in Need and many organizations in the St. Louis area.

The company has a robust mentoring program, with more than 31 percent of U.S. managers participating. The program includes virtual, peer and function-specific mentoring. All of the top two levels of the company are signed on as mentors. More than half the pairings are cross-cultural, and mentors receive cultural-awareness training.

Monsanto has strong employee resource groups, including global women’s groups in Indonesia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil and China. In the United States, Monsanto has 13 resource groups, including the Family Network, which encompasses adoption and lactation support.


Hugh Grant
Chairman and CEO

“Monsanto’s mission is to help farmers produce safe, affordable and nutritious food for our growing world. We need a diverse and talented workforce to deliver new innovations to increase food production, improve climate resilience and address challenges in agriculture for today and tomorrow.”

Melissa Harper
Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Compliance

“As a company focused on innovation, our customers look to us for new solutions to complex global problems. To do this we need people from different cultures and generations with different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives—along with the cultural dexterity to work effectively across those differences.”



U.S. Headquarters: St. Louis

Global Employees: 22,000

U.S. Employees: 10,494